Check out my latest design, the Diamond Jacket, in the upcoming Vogue Knitting 30th Anniversary Issue .

Diamond Jacket - Vogue Knitting 30th Anniversary

Vogue Knitting Fall 2012, photo by Rose Callahan

This Olympic journey has been something so far. While my projects have been way more successful than NBC’s lackluster coverage, I have had a few false starts.

I inadvertently started knitting with a different size needle than what was intended, so that was false start #1. After one more false start, I have now made some progress.


This is the start of the back and front panels. I’m slightly concerned that I won’t have enough yarn to make this with 3/4 length sleeves like I want but we’ll see. I’ve also started the cashmere handwarmers.

I’ve scheduled my denim event for next weekend so I hope be finished with the sweater by then.

After all this is over I have an idea for another cashmer version of this same sweater. I think I’ll sell both patterns. I haven’t done that in a while.

Olympic Dreams

Once upon a time I wanted to go to the Olympics. I began running track at age 8. I liked it. For a time I excelled at it. My parents would take us around the country to compete and I even got some of those “Pre-Olympic” training team letters. For a time, I aspired to that. But over time, you grow up and develop other interests. At 16 I realized I enjoyed it but not enough to put up with the grueling workouts and miss out on all the fun that I was missing to practice. By 18, I was done. I had a greater interest. College, computer graphics, and fashion. Gone by the wayside were my Olympic dreams.

Olympic Challenges

As I watch the 2012 Olympic Games, I recognize the hard work and effort that these athletes have put into getting to the Games. And while, that feat was never in the cards for me, I can join in the spirit of the games by having my own Olympic challenge. In previous years, knitters have come together to celebrate the games and “compete” in what were called the Knit Olympics or the Ravelympics. This year I want to go beyond this and have my own little “Mini Games”.

As Team Saun, I am going to compete in several events:

The Swatch, Design, Knit: where I attempt to design a sweater.

The Denim Marathon: where I make 2 pairs of denim in a weekend.

The Handwarmer Knit, Dip, & Dye: where I knit 2 pair of handwarmers and dye them.

I am starting as I watch the Opening Ceremonies and hope to finish it all by the Closing Ceremonies. Will I make it? Stay tuned to find out. I plan to post regular updates.

So what are you doing during these Olympic Games?

So here is the thing. For years, well basically forever, it has been a known fact that Cascade 220 yarn is called Cascade 220 because it has 220 yds of yarn in the skein. So imagine my surprise when I go by the store and grab some Cascade 220 Sport and get home to realize this

136 yards. ONLY 136 effing yards!!! I’m a kinda pissed….really pissed actually because I didn’t get enough yarn in the same dyelots.

Now they know their brand & they knew what they were doing when they came up with that label. It’s not actually Cascade 220 Sport, it’s Cascade 136 Sport. I’m going to suggest they change the name before I get it in me to file a class action lawsuit over this. We all know how much Cascade appreciates lawsuits.

And that concludes my rant.

And here it is…….

My latest work of knitting goodness which is featured in Knit Local by Tanis Gray.

Cabled Car Coat

Cabled Car Coat by Sauniell Nicole :: Copyright by Sixth&Spring/Tanis Gray - Knit Local :: Photography by Scott Jones

A few years back, Tanis contacted me about a book that she was putting together based around US-based yarn companies. The premise of the book is using local yarns to reduce the impact on the environment and support farms that take great care of their animals. I liked the idea and enjoy working with Tanis so it was a no-brainer.

The sweater is made in Farmhouse Yarns Andy’s Merino. I enjoyed using this yarn and really liked the color. I would honestly recommend this yarn for it’s softness and great colors.

If you get the book, you’ll see the story of why I chose this design but I’ll share it here too….

Back when I was in high school there was this Polo Car Coat that I desperately wanted. I had never heard of a “car coat” before or that there were coats specifically for driving. Only in America. And since I was learning to drive I felt it was most important that I have this “car coat”. The coat was $250 which mother thought was a ridiculous price for a coat for a teenager. Instead she took me to a fabric store on the other side of the city and bought me $50 in fabric & buttons to make the coat. I LOVED that coat! This cabled car coat is my homage to that coat.

The added bonus for me, is that when I envisioned this coat, I pictured this city/country version of the coat and even sketched it out with the girl in tall boots….

so you can only imagine how much I’m loving the photography for my project.

Cabled Car Coat

Cabled Car Coat by Sauniell Nicole :: Copyright by Sixth&Spring/Tanis Gray - Knit Local :: Photography by Scott Jones

The book is available on Amazon, in bookstores, and at your local yarn shops